Tenerife on Lockdown
By alvils

Tenerife on Lockdown

Due to pandemic outburst in the world, Government of Spain, have decided to put country under lockdown for quite a while. New Bulletin released by Government of Spain, says, that they will restrict access to and from Spain with other countries. This measurement is active now in Tenerife.

Only few exceptions :

  • Any remaining holidaymakers returning home
  • Cross-border workers
  • Healthcare or elderly care workers who go to carry out their duties.
  • Personnel involved in transport of goods and the flight personnel necessary to carry out commercial air transport activities
  • Diplomatic, consular, international organisations, military personnel and members of humanitarian organisations
  • People travelling for imperative family reasons duly accredited.

If you are wondering, how is it in there right now on the lockdown, here is a little insight. From 17th of March, you can be on streets alone only with actual need.  Of course, you can go to shops, farmacy, tabakeria, go to work. You can go for a walk with your dog, but not further than 200 meters from your place of stay.

When you go shopping, you will see two scenarios: if you visit huge shops, like Mercadona, there will probably be a queue outside of the shop, as they let in people not more that 5 at a time. But if you go to smaller ones, you will probably be alone there all the time. And interesting part about smaller shops: almost every time you go there, shop staff have so few things to do, that they are always video-chatting with friends, working in other smaller shops. You could even wave them and say HI, when you are paying for your goods.

As for the ordinary life, it is not the same: everyone who care about this situation, are staying home. And for those, who don’t really care, police are running the streets whole day and night. Checking on those, who don’t obey new rules, and mostly, for the first time you will get warning. But if you break the rules more than once, you can get fines from 500 – 2000 euros or actually up to 1 year in jail. Please be responsible and act like it is instructed by new rules. Policeman are people as well, let’s make their day less annoying.

See you in Tenerife later this year, we keep you updated!

H10 Costa Adeje Palace - The Corona Ghost Hotel
By emanuel

Inside The Corona Ghost Hotel

We sneaked inside the Corona Ghost Hotel H10 Costa Adeje Palace after the quarantine was over. This was just the first of many hotels to be shut down due to the Corona Virus in Spain. It truly was a surreal experience.

The virus outbreak. Just days before we arrived in Tenerife i read the news that the four star H10 Costa Adeje Palace hotel had been put in quarantine. Six hotel guests had been infected by the extremely contagious virus and over a thousand hotel guests were put in quarantine. All of the hotel guests were forced to stay in their rooms until tests had been issued by medical professionals. When the tests were finished the visitors finally got to leave. 

The Corona ghost hotel. Driven by both curiosity and stupidity we decided to visit the hotel in the aftermath of the event. The outside of the hotel were empty, a few cars remained but there were no other sign of human activity. I went up to the hotel entrance and discovered that the doors to the hotel were open. When we decided to enter we saw an empty reception and there was a ghostly atmosphere in the hotel lobby. There was not a single soul in the entire hotel even though it had reopened. The hotel lobby that is usually filled with tourists, chit-chatter and laughter were now drenched in nothing but silence. What struck me inside the Corona ghost hotel was a post-apocalyptic feeling, a once beautiful hotel that had been abandoned due to a mysterious virus outbreak.

Inside The Corona Ghost Hotel 1

The political counter-measures against the Corona virus. H10 Costa Adeje Palace was just the first of many hotels to be shut down. The Spanish Goverment made a decision to shut down all hotels in the entire nation by the end of March. Soon, all of Tenerife will have similar ghost hotels all over the country. This will affect tourists that are all ready in quarantine and won’t have a place to stay. Hopefully, these counter-measures will have a lasting effect on the development of the virus and maybe get the situation under control. But in the meantime, the hotels will remain silent and there might be a while before they’re once again filled with tourists wanting to spend their vacation in Tenerife.